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George Boateng: a former Dutch star seeking a coaching job in Ghana

Aston Villa U23 coach opened up about his future ambitions for the Black Stars

Former Netherlands and Aston Villa midfielder George Boateng wants to manage Ghanain the future, but declares “it is not after the work of CK Akonnor”.

After a career as a player which saw him also play for Hull city, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, the 45-year-old turned to coaching, acknowledging that one of his dream jobs is coaching the Black Stars.

He was born in the Ghanaian town of Nkawkaw but moved to the Netherlands as a child, later to represent the European nation internationally.

“If the Black Stars need me, I will always be available,” said Boateng News of joy. “I’ve always said I will always help. I have a very good relationship with the GFA; [president] Sir. [Kurt] Okraku, the vice president, Mr. Mark Addo, they are doing a great job now.

“I have always indicated that if they need my services, I am always able to speak. If we can then get together, put our heads together and agree on something, that’s fine, “he added.” There would certainly be an interest in managing the Black Stars. “

For almost a year, the Black Stars have been under Akonnor, who replaced James Kwasi Appiah as head coach in January.

Guided by the elder Wolfsburg captain, the quadruple African champions have won two and lost two of the four matches played in 2020.

“CK is doing it, let him do it, give him the time he needs to develop and put together a good team,” Boateng said. “I’m not after work at all! I am now in a very good position.

“I enjoy my coaching. I love Aston Villa; they are a great club. We are back in the Premier League.”

Boateng, who made around four senior appearances for the Netherlands at the senior level, started his coaching career with Malaysian squad Kelantan in 2014 before joining Blackburn rovers as U13 head coach in 2018.

In 2019, he headed to Aston Villa as the U18 head coach before being promoted to Under 23 this year.

Black Stars and Akonnor return to action against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in March 2021.


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